In 2022, Queen Elizabeth will mark 70 years on throne, becoming the first British Monarch to celebrate Platinum Jubilee. Certainly, this occasion calls for a big celebration.
On Wednesday, Buckingham Palace revealed the schedule of public events that are lined up for Queen Elizabeth’s Platinum Jubilee. According to the Palace, the event activities will span over a special four-day holiday weekend (from 2 June to 5 June) throughout the United Kingdom, the Commonwealth and around the world.
A Buckingham Palace spokesperson said, “An extended bank holiday, from Thursday 2nd to Sunday 5th June, will provide an opportunity for communities and people throughout the United Kingdom to come together to celebrate the historic milestone.”
As announced by the Palace, the festivities will officially begin with Queen Elizabeth’s ceremonial birthday parade on June 2, 2022, which will be the first parade since the COVID-19 pandemic. The parade will end with the traditional RAF fly-past, which will be watched by the Queen and members of The Royal Family.
The tradition of lighting of beacons will also continue for the Platinum Jubilee. Platinum Jubilee Beacons will be lit throughout the United Kingdom, Channel Islands, Isle of Man and UK Overseas Territories and each of the capital cities of the Commonwealth countries on the second day.
On 3 June, a Thanksgiving Service will be held at St. Paul’s Cathedral to mark Her Majesty’s 70 years on the throne. More events for the date are yet to be announced.
The next day, i.e. 4 June, The Queen and The Royal Family will attend the Derby at Epsom Downs. The day will also feature a live concert billed as the “Platinum Party at the Palace”. The concert will be staged by BBC. According to the government, this live concert will feature some of the “world’s biggest entertainment stars.” However, the list of the celebrities haven’t been announced.
On 5 June, the last day of celebration, The Big Jubilee Lunch will take place, where people will be invited “to share friendship, food and fun with neighbors as part of the Platinum Jubilee celebrations.”
The lunch will be followed by a Platinum Jubilee Pageant. The pageant will be held in Central London featuring over 5,000 people from across the United Kingdom and the Commonwealth.
According to the Royal Central, “Throughout the year, Her Majesty and members of the Royal Family will travel the country to undertake a variety of engagements to mark this historic occasion.”